The series continues…
1. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (5.0/5): I hadn’t read this book since it first came out in the summer of 2007. Somewhere in the interim I had started to think of it as a rather standard murder mystery with an unusual setting. I was wrong, of course, it’s a wonderful book. As is always the case with Chabon the characters are wonderfully flawed. They are sad and human and you love them even though they are occasionally terrible people. Add to it some pretty contemporary political bits (all be it transplanted into an alternate reality), and it is one of may favorite books.
2. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (4.0/5): Pieces of this book are absolutely wonderful, transcendent writing. I am thing especially of the story about when his father kicked him out. I won’t give it away, but if you haven’t read it, you should. It does go off track in a few places, mostly in spots where he could have used an editor to cut a few pages here or keep him on topic there. A very enjoyable read overall, though. Very human.
3. Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin (3.5/5): Not bad, but not fantastic, and interesting biological text made for popular consumption. Two chapters in the middle were a really slog, though, and I was tempted to put the book down. Still, plenty of neat stuff to learn from this book.
4. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (3.5/5): I was rather disappointed by this book, frankly. It wasn’t as fantastical as The Time Machine. Mostly, it was just about a giant asshole and the havoc he wreaks while being invisible. I mean, yeah, neat, there’s an invisible man, and the book it good, but I feel like he could have done more with it.
5. Selected Poems by Langston Hughes (4.0/5): I doubt there is anything new to say about Langston Hughes. Most of this is fantastic, but a few of the really short poems, I don’t know they feel like something he though of while he was taking a dump, wrote down, and then sent to his publisher.
Book Queue Update:
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Drown by Junot Diaz
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Gun with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren